Another one bites the dust

Phil Rose pjrose at
Mon Feb 11 12:55:52 EST 2002

At 8:15 AM -0800 2/11/02, Sean Upchurch wrote:
>Yesterday my wife got into an accident with the 200, she's fine but the car
>looks totaled.  Anybody have any experience with the salvage value of the

Sorry to hear about your accident. Glad your wife came out of it OK.

It will come as no surprise to you that yes, others have indeed
totaled their cars, and you can find considerable discussion of
salvage aspects if you search the list archives. Engine and tranny
are the big items in terms of the salvage "value" of these cars. What
you'd have to pay will depend on what others might bid for it at the
time. If those components are in *good* condition the salvage could
easily go (to the right buyer) for $3K-5K. If engine and tranny are
not good, then it's pretty much just another old Audi. Sport-style
seats are in some demand. Alloy rims in good/excellent condition are
obviously sellable. ECU is probably OK.

>Anything I should look for when determining if the engine has
>sustained damage in the wreck and thus worth getting back through salvage.
>It was nose first into a concrete barrier while the car was still traveling
>'down the interstate.  From initial look, engine appears to have been pushed
>back into the firewall.

Not a good sign; that must've been some impact. Engine salvage is
therefore, ahem, questionable. Certainly the IC, and probably
alternator and A/C compressor are kaput.  When I bought the salvage
of my (first '91 200q), I had already lined up a shop that agreed to
buy it from me. So, unless you line up buyer(s), you obviously must
decide if you have time/space to get involved with it yourself.

Good luck.


Phil Rose				Rochester, NY
'91 200q	(130 Kmiles, Lago blue)
'91 200q   (57 Kmiles, Tornado red)
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